This post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. STEM Knowledge is Key for Our Kids Future and success in school and beyond.
Did you know the Boys & Girls Club of America has been around for 150 years teaching kids advanced classes in after-school programs, as well as in the summer months? Research shows that after-school programs can vastly develop kids for the future. It’s a must that our kids learn all they can to have a bright and productive future. To know STEM Knowledge is Key!
STEM Knowledge is Key for Our Kids Future
Have you heard of the acronym STEM and what its meaning is? I wasn’t familiar with it myself until a couple of weeks ago when I started working on another story about a tech toy of all things!
S T E M
S – Science
T – Technology
E – Engineering
M – Math
The Boys & Girls Club of America My.Future platform teaches STEM in their programs. Here’s what else the My.Future platform can do for club members.
- Offers programs that are centered around education technology that encompassing exciting topics kids already like
- Offers over 40 hands-on activities
- Prepares members for online and the digital world
- Members can choose extension programs such as; Robotics, Game design, Programming, Online journalism
- Club members can earn certifications or digital badges as they progress through the programs
Technology is forever changing, and in this day, and time, it’s vital that we prepare our kids for the future by giving them advanced opportunities in education like what Boys & Girls Club of America My.Future offers. If we give our kids the tools to help them take on challenges that will come their way, they will have a far better chance to continue their education after high school. That’s my thought because I’ve seen the struggles in my family and I don’t want my last son to go through what I did and what I’ve seen in a few of my family members.
According to what I read on My.Future
There will be more than 8 million STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018. If that’s the case, then we need to give our kids the necessary tools to learn it, or they will be passed over when it’s time to go job hunting. That could also mean that millions of jobs will go unfilled because of a lack of skilled people. Job descriptions are only going to get tougher. By introducing our kids to technology skills in Clubs, such as My.Future, they may be more likely to pursue a career in STEM-related fields.
Give a child a map, and he will lead the way!!
My son loves to read maps. He also likes to draw and write. I encourage writing at least every other day in the summer months, especially writing his first and last name together. In Kindergarten he had trouble with writing both at the same time, so that’s one of the areas we are working on this summer.
I looked up the closest school to me, and it’s not that far away. I’m going to be talking to my husband about putting Brody in a program or two next summer. I asked my son which field interests him the most, and he chose to engineer. Then he said, “what’s engineering?” I explained to him that being an engineer would mean he could work with computers or on airplanes. He immediately said, “I want to work on HEXBUGS.” Let’s give our kids the chance to develop skills that will guide them through to a productive future in programs in science, technology, engineering, and math. I can’t think of a better platform than the one that the love for the Boys & Girls Club of America My.Future offers.
If you have kids or grandkids ages 6-17 go ahead and ask them which field interests them the most. Be sure to ask them why they chose that field. Remember, STEM Knowledge is Key for Our Kids Future and beyond.